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China's Recycling

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Transforming The World's Waste

This is the story of how over one billion people in China deal with their waste and recycling -- on top of all the waste and recycling we in the west add to their pile!

How absurd it is that our plastic recyclables go all the way to China to be turned into pellets for more goods that they ship right back to us?

There is some striking and extreme footage here, of the people who make their living sorting and reselling all this used plastic. The volume of this waste is just grotesque, but there are also some bright spots. There are recycled plumbing tubes for example that are the result of forward thinking engineering that seeks to reuse these mountains of plastic.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Al Jazeera